The festival of Diwali inspires images of sparking lights, lovely diyas and mouth-watering eats. We’ve curated some terrific party decoration ideas to make your home the talk of the town this festive season!
DIY Rangoli Paper Lanterns
If you have some time to spare, check out some DIY videos online which will show you how to make these stunning rice paper lanterns at home. For a Diwali theme, you could try decorating the four surfaces with hand-drawn diyas or rangolis.
Party Activities: Decorate Your Own Diya!
A fun-filled and creative activity that your younger guests could participate in, would be to paint their own diyas! Have an assortment of plain mud diyas at hand, and a decoration kit that includes a variety of paints, brushes, glitter, glue and mirrors. The most creatively decorated diya will win a prize at the end.
Set The Theme With Marigold Streamers
Marigolds are flowers that are considered auspicious, and a streamer of bright yellow and orange marigolds at the door is a lovely way to welcome your guests home!
Decorate With Floating Flowers
This terracotta urn is filled with flower petals that are floating on water. Surround this pretty ensemble with a row of tiny terracotta diyas, and you can create a showstopper of a centrepiece in your living room.
Marigold Rangolis With Diyas As The Centrepiece
Floral rangoli is another great decorating idea, and very simple to make! If you have leftover marigolds from the toran at the doorway, use them to create a pretty floral rangoli. Embellish it with brightly hued diyas at the very centre.
Say It With Candles
Tea light candles in tiny glass votive holders, surrounded by little globes made of sting and glue, can add bits of magical sparkle to the darkest corner.
A String Of Good Wishes!
You must have received a ton of Diwali greeting cards! Acknowledge your friends by displaying the cards on a string that can run through one wall of your party room. Make sure you fasten them securely with clothes pegs so that they don’t fall off.
Don’t Throw Away That Mason Jar!
A mason jar can be upcycled into a glittering little lamp, with a string of fairy lights stuffed into it. Now that’s as pretty as pretty can be!
Rangolis For Good Luck!
Rangoli patterns are said to bring good luck, and that’s something we can never have enough of! Whether your rangolis are drawn with rice paste, or with coloured powders, they add an air of festivity.
Don’t Forget The Balloons!
Balloons are a party staple. Grab a bunch of metallic, glittery balloons and float them up to the ceiling. But, a word of caution: do remember that at Diwali time you are bound to have candles and diyas around, so make sure that there’s no helium in them which can be a potential fire hazard.
Mandalas For Decoration
Mandalas represent a mind-body-soul connect, and can be used as a symbolic festival decoration at Diwali time. Get your scissors out and make some Mandala cut-outs. String them up or suspend them from the ceiling to add to the traditional look in the room.
Rice Paper Globe Lanterns
Japanese lanterns are readily available at home décor shops, and a row of these in different colours can heighten the party drama in your terrace or garden.
We can never have enough of these gorgeous golden flowers! Why not shape them into diyas, like in the picture below, and stick them up on a partition wall or screen for that special Diwali touch?
We love the way this terrace has been lit up with naked Edison lamps interspersed with bunches of greens. Glitter, glitter all the way.
DIY String Balls
There are many DIY videos you can find online that show easy ways of making these pretty little yarn balls. All you need are bits of coloured yarn, a few balloons and glue. Hang them at staggered heights and string some coloured lights around them for a unique, handmade party décor idea.
Spruce Up Your Living Room Decor
The easiest way to brighten up your living room décor is with some ethnic cushions, curtains or rugs. A touch of silver or gold can add all the glamour that you need for your party!
Flower Screens at the Entrance
Welcome your guests with sweet-smelling floral screens! Streamers of flowers, tastefully done up, can line the walkway to your door.
Table Décor For The Festival Of Lights
Your table décor can reflect the theme of the festival of lights, with an array of candles in pretty holders of all shapes and sizes at each table setting.
Unique Place Holders
Find some use for all those bangles that are no longer in pairs! A unique idea to make a candleholder is to make use of those old colourful glass bangles you may have lying around. Simply glue them together and ta-da! You have yourself a one-of-a-kind candleholder.
Don’t Forget The Return Gifts
Your guests will definitely take home a whole lot of lovely memories, but along with that, do make sure that you send them back with some creative sweet boxes. You can add the personal touch by decorating them yourself. Buy plain, solid coloured rectangle boxes, and create borders with gold foil and glitter. An image of Ganesha is a much-loved Diwali theme.
A Diwali party is the perfect way to share the festival with your friends and family. We hope our décor ideas have inspired you to host a rocking Diwali bash at your home! The HomeLane team wishes you a safe and memorable Diwali!